|December 13, 2007
– Continuing their commitment to law enforcement, the National Wild
Turkey Federation will honor Sgt. Matt Byrd with the Arkansas Game
and Fish Commission for his efforts in conserving America’s
Byrd will be recognized as the NWTF’s Arkansas Wildlife Law
Enforcement Officer of the Year during its 32nd annual Convention
and Sport Show held Feb. 21 to 24 at the Georgia World Congress
Center in Atlanta, Ga.
The NWTF initiated The State Wildlife Law Enforcement Officer of the
Year award in 2000 to highlight the contributions from wildlife
officers across the country.
“Without the tremendous level of support for wild turkey
conservation from wildlife officers such as Mr. Byrd, restoration
efforts and wildlife management strategies would never have
succeeded,” said NWTF CEO Rob Keck. “We wanted to ensure that they
receive the thanks and recognition they so richly deserve.”
By earning the State Wildlife Officer of the Year award, Sgt. Byrd
and other state winners are eligible for the NWTF’s National Law
Enforcement Officer of the Year award, which will be presented
during the NWTF’s Awards Banquet Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Convention
and Sport Show.
Sgt. Byrd is assigned to Northeast Arkansas, where the Mississippi
Delta meets the Ozarks.
“Were it not for Sgt. Byrd’s comprehensive enforcement efforts, this
section of the state would not have the quality turkey hunting it
now enjoys,” said Lt. Rick Emery of the Arkansas Game and Fish
Lt. Emery adds that Sgt. Byrd’s 100 percent conviction rate of
poachers in the past year is a testament to the thorough job he does
and his exceptional investigation skills.
Sgt. Byrd is also continually in the public eye as an ambassador for
“He regularly teaches hunter education courses and is involved with
hunting and fishing events involving Arkansas’ youth. His dedication
in this area helps to ensure that our hunting heritage will be alive
and well in future generations,” said Emery.